Named after Louis de Bougainvillea, a French navigator who came across it in
Brazil during the 18th century, Bougainvillea has gained popularity
all over the world, due to its versatility, richness and suitability
to thrive in degrading environmental conditions.
It is a semi-climber and can be grown as a hedge, a shrub, a climber
over a sunny wall and also in pots. With its sharp thick thorns it is
avoided by cattle, goats, monkeys and even birds. It loves open sunshine
and the colours of some varieties grow brighter and more attractive in
hot dry climate.
A postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate